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Dear Tapas,

Do you know about the terrible flood in August in Taiwan that cost hundreds of life and destroyed several villages (most of them belonged to aboriginal people)? The most terrible thing was that many villages were cut off from contact with the outside without food, water or electricity. Our government/ president responded too slow to the disaster and was not aware of the scale of it until it was too late.

I gathered all my students and their friends together and conducted a surrogate healing on behalf of the victims, their family/friends and all people working in the disaster areas trying to save lives.

I sent the suggested steps for this disaster to my students and asked them to circulate it around in advance. I set a time for us to do collective surrogate TAT together. I gave out the free download site of TAT Steps in Chinese in case someone who received the email didn’t know how to TAT. I also suggested to do a bundle healing for all the negative beliefs that I sensed and heard regarding this disaster such as ‘No one would answer my call for help’, ‘We have been forgotten’, ‘God has no mercy’, etc. At the end of this session, we sat in silence for 3 minutes sending love and light to the land, plants and all animals of those suffering areas.

This surrogate healing event took place on 18 August at 8pm Taiwanese time. I sensed tremendous healing happened during the session (my entire body was buzzing and electrified by powerful energy) and I saw the healing light went to all dark corners of the disaster areas that were still cut off and buried in the mud. We also received lots of help from light beings.

After the session, I spoke to a group of students who voluntarily gathered together to TAT. All of them sensed that very powerful healing was taking place. Due to the scale of this disaster, it seems we had to do a lot longer with each step before the sense of completion occurred. It took me 3 minutes or so for each step. Some students reported they stayed almost 5 minutes for the bundle steps and felt perhaps it was too much to shift in one go.

One of the students who is a clairvoyant told me a wonderful story: She said prior to our starting time at 8pm, while she was still finishing her noodle bowl, a group of dead people walked in and shouted to other fellow dead ‘Be quick, tell everyone be quick, they are here and about to start’. The Dead all came in to receive healing. Like many others who reported to me afterwards, she also saw arms reaching out from the mud crying for help. She said they had all been taken by light and heading back to Source during the TAT session. I continued to do TAT for awhile on that Skype call with this group of 7 students. Based on their feedback, we shifted more beliefs for victims and themselves.

I received a few letters from students expressing their gratitude for the opportunity to be able to do something for the disaster relief. When things like this happen, the entire nation was deeply affected by the tragedy. Instead of being fed by the media with terrible news and images and feeling helpless, it is actually very empowering to be able to do something to help.

There were some students who tried to help too much and were not able to let go of the result as they continued to have terrible images and headaches. So I sent another instruction (more steps) following this surrogate session and suggested whoever had any symptoms after doing the surrogate healing should do some more steps to release whatever they were holding on to and to look after themselves.

This was an experiment as I have no previous experience of conducting a collective surrogate healing from a distance. I believe healing can cross space and time. I was inspired by the possibility of doing such work using the collective healing power in your Practising Presence workshop. So thank you, Tapas. I hope this healing serves all life, including the Dead and the land.

Blessings and abundance of love,

Shu-Fang Wang
TAT Professional and Trainer (click here for Shu-Fang's's contact and practice information)



It has been a difficult time for the region of Central Java, Indonesia as the recent earthquake, which registered 5.9 on the Richter scale, struck recently on May 27, 2006. Thousands lost their lives, many more are injured and so many people lost their homes as well as their loved ones.

My friend, a Yoga Teacher in Central Java, was not injured in the earthquake but was quite traumatized. Not only had she not been able to sleep (the whole family now sleeps in the outside terrace of their home, fearing that another earthquake may strike), but she had also been showing many signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She felt heaviness and pain in her chest almost constantly, and whenever she felt any vibration, whether it was from the smaller scale earthquakes that are still happening or from the vibration of moving vehicles, she would break into a sudden panic with cold sweats and her head spinning and aching. In addition, she was physically exhausted from many sleepless nights and from helping others get food, which is difficult to do in these times.

Well, yesterday I sent her the document that we've been working on about Healing Traumas & Fears from Natural Disasters using TAT. Since I live in Jakarta, which is in the West Java area, I insisted she read those 5 pages and do TAT for herself based on the document. Since she had never learned TAT before, it would also be a good test of how clear the instructions were for people to do TAT on themselves. I promised her that I would facilitate a TAT phone session with her the next day.

What a sweet and beautiful surprise it was when after about 20 minutes she sent me a text message on my mobile phone. She told me that most of her fears and physical pain were gone after doing TAT on herself. Furthermore, she told me the next day that she had had the best sleep she had had since the disaster occurred. Her chest pain was mostly gone and she felt a sense of peace and surrender. She felt that most of her fear about the disaster's reoccurring had also vanished as well as her strong reaction to vibration, including the panic attacks, headaches and cold sweats. Overall, she felt about 70% of her PTSD symptoms were healed by doing TAT on herself.

Tonight I called her and we did a phone-guided TAT session using the same process she had used before. Afterwards, she felt completely relieved of all remaining discomfort and I suggested that she offer this TAT process to a person sometime tomorrow. As we are planning to conduct a 1-day training on TAT for Disaster Relief next week for the volunteers, it would be helpful if she has more time to practice before that.

Thank you, Tapas, for sharing your blessing with us.

A Report on the TAT for Disaster Relief Training

This is the beginning of day 4 of my trip to Yogya. I just wanted to share with you how our work together has been fruitful in helping the people here.

On my second day, I gave a full day training to about 50 relief volunteers. About 80 percent of them were already doing TAT based on Lina's study group. They were doing TAT correctly, so we spent most of the day
"emptying the cup", since many of them are hypnotherapists. Same tendencies as I described in my previous email.

I am happy to train TAT here, because Lina has been feeling a bit worried that she may have been giving incorrect instructions in doing TAT, as she had only very limited TAT experience. From my observation, she has been doing everything very well.

The 3rd day was the most exciting day. From 10 am till about 8 pm, we went to different locations and did group TAT for more than 300 people in one day. About 120 of them were young children, and I introduced TAT as the

Magic Hat. After only about 2 or 3 rounds, most of them raised their hands to show that they felt better about what happened. We did about 6/7 rounds in total for the children, short rounds of less than 1 minute. Then everyone sang together. One boy was responding so strongly that his jaw was shaking during his first round, but it completely stopped after the 2nd round and it did not happen again.

In the adults group, which was one month from when the earthquake happened, participants showed definite signs of PTSD. I observed that perhaps because they have passed the shocked stage, nearly all of them were very friendly and welcoming and responded happily when we started introducing ourselves, showing no signs of unhappiness or suffering. But when we started the TAT process, our volunteers had to move around passing tissues since most of them shifted from the usual happy mode into a big emotional release. Afterwards, everyone looked like they were glowing, relieved and happy. In the pictures I sent, you can see kids as well as 70 year old grandmothers doing TAT. It was just simply magical!

One interesting case was a village leader who did TAT in a group last night. During round 2, when they were asked to have a conversation with

those who passed away as a result of the disaster, his body was shaking and he was crying quite intensely. After the whole process, the man felt such relief that he became a strong believer in the healing power of TAT and stayed to ask questions because he wanted to share TAT with his village people. This village was severely damaged from the disaster and had minimal electricity. There were moments when the lights went off and we had to continue TAT in total darkness.

Today is the last day. We will be driving shortly to the worst area within the city to do more TAT. I am confident now of the ability of Lina's team to continue helping others with TAT. I am getting requests nearly every day to teach the complete application of TAT. I feel so blessed to be doing this work.


It has been more than 1 year since Indonesia had its massive earthquake in Yogyakarta (May 2006). I would like to tell you an interesting story that happened just a month ago.

One night, around midnight I was having a phone call with a friend of mine. I was in Jakarta, and she was in another town about 300 kilometres. Suddenly during the phonecall, we felt quite a strong earthquake that lasted for about a minute. Shortly it settled down, and the next day I learned that it was quite strong one, but because the center of the earthquake was so deep beneath the sea, there was not much damage done physically. Even the news reported almost no casualty at the cities that felt the earthquake.

The aftermath of feeling an earthquake in Jakarta, as the capital city of Indonesia, with the tall buildings and infrastructures, was predictable. People started to arrange crisis handling procedures, including building evacuation drills for offices.

Here’s where the interesting part comes in. One evening my father came to see me and he told me that he was just watching the National news channel on TV. One news coverage was about an office building in Jakarta, conducting evacuation drills for natural disasters. They showed on TV, how people in the drill rushed out of the building, get to a safe area, and altogether did something. Guess what? They did the TAT pose!

I was so surprised to hear that, considering that we haven’t continued our local efforts to socialize TAT for Healing Disaster Trauma since August 2006, although I know that the short document that explains TAT was always available on your website and mine as well. So just as yourself, I pray that TAT is learned in such a way that it becomes part of daily life. Maybe this little interesting incident is a small step towards this. Hope you enjoy the story!

Reza Gunawan
TAT Professional and Trainer (click here for Reza's contact and practice information)


The Mexican Association for Crisis Therapy has used TAT with large groups of children (approximately 1,652) after natural disasters in Mexico (floods, 1998-1999), Nicaragua (floods and layndslides, 1999) Colombia (earthquake, 1999) and Venezuela (floods and landslide, 1999).

Additionally, the TAT protocol has been used as an adjunct to training groups of front line service personnel in Mexico, Nicaragua, Colombia and Venezuela (approximately 642).

When we apply TAT, most subjects reported post-traumatic stress symptomatology as measured by the Impact of Events Scale during assessment and SUDS (Subjective Units of Distress) of ten. Children and adults reported significant reductions in SUDS at the completion of the protocol.

TAT is our favorite technique to reduce distress, because it is easy to teach and apply. We call TAT for children "The magician's hat" and we teach it to them like part of a story. The story we teach is that they are an assistant to a magician and wheneer they feel scared, they put on the magician's hat and then they feel better.

The members of our team us TAT to help themselves recover from stress. I also use TAT to avoid dissociation.
Ignacio Jarero
Ed.D. Ph.D., B.C.E.T.S., B.C.E.C.R., C.T.
Member of the EMDR-HAP International Advisory Committee
EMDR LII, CISM Advance and Disaster Training
Mexican Association and Latin American Foundation for Crisis Therapy,
Founder and President



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